Gervonta Davis Promises Another Knockout of the Year Against Mario Barrios

Published 06/15/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
BALTIMORE, MD – JULY 27: Gervonta Davis punches Ricardo Nunez during the second round of their WBA super featherweight championship fight at Royal Farms Arena on July 27, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)


At just 26, Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis is already one of the biggest superstars in the game. The undefeated champion has already won titles in two divisions and is on course to win his third title in as many divisions when he faces Mario Barrios at light-welterweight.

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Davis and Barrios will fight as the main event of a PPV card on June 26. Barrios goes into the bout with an incredible size advantage over ‘Tank.’ Despite this, Davis has now promised another knockout of the year performance.

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The 24-0 boxer spoke to Brian Custer on the ‘Last Stand Podcast’ on YouTube. When previewing his fight against Barrios, Davis guaranteed, “I can guarantee, you know… a sold-out… A sold-out event, a lot of stars, an action-packed fight. And it’s going to be good. The fight’s going to be good for sure.”

Thus, Davis is expecting a blockbuster event. He then promised a performance to go with it. “I’m walking forward, I’m getting pushed backwards, doesn’t matter. The fight’s going to be good. It’s going to be exciting. It’ll probably be another knockout of the year,” said Davis.

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How can Gervonta Davis knockout Mario Barrios?

Undefeated Barrios will be Davis’ toughest test in his career. ‘El Azteca’ has more professional bouts than Davis and is a world champion for a reason. Add to that the height and read difference and Davis has a mammoth task ahead of him. So how can ‘Tank’ finish his opponent? However, he is coming off a knockout of the year performance in his last fight against Leo Santa Cruz and is confident he will do it again.

The biggest challenge for Davis will be closing the distance against the bigger man. He recently claimed watching Floyd Mayweather’s performance against Logan Paul would help him.

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 08: Gervonta Davis weighs in for his WBA Super Featherweight Championship fight against Hugo Ruiz (not pictured) at the The Westin Los Angeles Airport hotel on February 8, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

Moving in and out of the pocket will be the key for Davis. He will have to use his superior speed and movement to get in range, land hard combinations to the body, and move out again. And like his bout against Leo Santa Cruz, the upper-cut will be a useful weapon against the taller man.

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Thus, Davis can get the knockout. Moreover, the most likely way for ‘Tank’ to put his opponent to sleep will be with an uppercut like Santa Cruz.

What do you make of these comments from Gervonta Davis? Do you think he has what it takes to knock out Barrios?

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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